As part of King’s policy of working with international partners, the College now offers a growing range of Joint PhDs. On these programmes students are supervised by academic staff at King’s and at one of our partner institutions, spending time at both universities.
Since their launch three years ago, two PhD students have recently become the first to graduate from these programmes. Sarah Downes, who undertook a Joint PhD in English at King’s and HKU, describes below her experience of studying in a different research culture.
Under the joint supervision of Dr Otto Heim at HKU and Dr Anna Snaith at KCL, Sarah’s research project considered the relationship between literary modernism and visual culture in the work of Caribbean modernist Jean Rhys. “The joint PhD was an immensely rewarding experience, I’d recommend it to any prospective student. Moving to a different city and a different culture is no easy task, but I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to really immerse myself into Hong Kong life. At times doing a PhD can be a lonely process, but the support from both departments has been incredible, and I feel fortunate that my academic future will hopefully be supported by the connections I am making both in Asia and in Europe.
My research was energised and invigorated by the contrasting academic practices of the two institutions, and personally I benefitted immensely from researching in a new environment when I moved to Hong Kong. My three years as a Joint PhD scholar were incredible – I only wish it could have lasted longer!”
Professor Vaughan Robinson, Director of the Graduate School at King’s, adds: “We are incredibly proud of our Joint PhD programmes. They attract outstanding and adventurous students and allow our academics to work with other world class researchers elsewhere in the world. I would like to congratulate our first two graduands from these programmes with HKU and NUS and wish them well in their future careers. I am sure the experience of having studied in two research cultures and countries will stand them in excellent stead.”
A Joint PhD programme results in one qualification awarded by both King’s College London and the partner institution. Students benefit from access to learning resources in both locations.
Studying at more than one institution allows students access to the resources and expertise of different departments and may, in some cases, enable them to work between disciplines. Students can make professional and personal contacts that can help future career opportunities and, upon completion of their studies, receive a qualification from two internationally recognised institutions.
Find out more about King’s Joint PhD programmes on the King’s Worldwide webpages or if you are already on a PhD programme, or are a member of staff at King’s but are interested in international mobility, you can find out more about the range of opportunities available to you, including partnership grants, and other study abroad options on the Study Abroad webpages.